Marianna Feher about THE WORK TO END ALL LABOR

On Saturday we are happy to host the performative and critical gathering – Sensory Futures #1: The work to end all labor​ organized by Marianna Feher. We asked her to tell us some more about Saturdays event and the working process behind it.

*Is there anything you’d like to say to those who plan to join next week, what can we expect on Saturday’s event?

Marianna: A variety on how to perceive labor and value across and beyond revolutionary legacies – and how to possibly further reflect on labor as praxis, as social relation, as wage, as abstract character and so forth.. And hopefully it will bring out some fruitful discussions!

*The title “The work to end all labour” leads us into the Marxist discourse and the concepts of labor and politics. How did your interest in it and the topic for the session evolve?

Marianna: It has been a long process – and many involved sources, but I guess in short what got me interested at first emerged from a Marxist-feminist perspective which situated gender oppression in terms of social reproduction, and specifically the reproduction of labor-power. However, this later developed and shifted more towards concepts such as ‘communization’ and ‘value criticism’. These radical approaches opposes from traditional Marxist and post-Marxist readings by focusing less on the ‘revolutionary subject’ and more towards the abolishment of the capitalist system as a whole. So, how might these concepts be useful to us as a form of social critique? The topic somehow also attempts to reflect on how the modern colonial and patriarchal regime invented the “wage-laborer” – as well as the “domestic woman” and many, many other oppressed minorities as de-valued capitalist categories..

*In the event description you articulate the aim to “address and conceptualize critical aspects on (art)work, value-criticism, and revolutionary legacies – in order to put forward notions of critical thinking across and beyond capitalist modes of production, and to cross-think some (im)possible future directions.” Is there any specific outcome you are hoping for – generally and in terms of (im)possible future directions?

Marianna: To lay some groundwork and to raise some sort of awareness of what we are entangled in and to what extent revolutionary legacies are still relevant to us today. And a way to reflect on how we can possibly form new strategies of resistance and desires for coalition beyond our current so called democracy.

*You are organizing this event as a part of a degree project in Curating Art, International Master’s Programme – so we can assume you have thought a lot about “the curatorial”. There will be a hybrid format of both performances, talks and screenings. How was your working process when curating this event?

Marianna: A central aspect has been to make no hierarchies between the various formats of talks, discussions and practices – nor between theory and practice, arts and politics nor arts and criticism – to indicate the need to experiment how we perceive and (un)learn things. We all approach our current condition and political climate rather differently, so I find it important to have a heterogenous format, in order to experiment how we can further engage, listen and critically think and act collectively. I guess that it somehow also aims to reflect the name of the platform, which is “Sensory Futures”…

*As I understand it, Sensory Futures is, or will be a reoccurring event. Are you already planning the upcoming sessions? What are their topics?

Marianna: Exactly, “The work to end all labor” is some sort of a kick-off for this platform and a way to possibly gather further material for coming sessions. For now an interest still lies in post-Marxist notions, such as Roswitha Scholz’s value-dissociation theory which relates more to the question of gender, and how to possibly think beyond identity politics. However, upcoming gatherings and reading sessions will be announced during the summer!

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We look forward to see what Sensory Futures will bring! First off with “The work to end all labor”. More info and detailed schedule is found in the event, Sensory Futures #1: THE WORK TO END ALL LABOR

Welcome!